The Text Doctor’s webliography of English and language resources

The Text Doctor LLC loves to collect Internet resources and share them with you in this Webliography. In addition to The Text Doctor web site, www.textdoctor.com, please use these resources to supplement your understanding of the English language and improve your writing skills. Of course, I cannot guarantee or warrant the correctness of any site, nor can I guarantee that the link will even be active when you click on it.

As always, please contact me with suggestions, revisions, and complaints! (I hope I’m kidding about the complaints–other than broken links.)



American Dialect Society
American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
American Society of Indexers (ASI)
American Society of Journalists and Authors
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
Association of Professional Communications Consultants
Association for Women in Communications
Editorial Photographers (EP)
Graphic Artists Guild (GAG)
HTML Writers Guild (HWG)
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
International Society for Performance Improvements (ISPI)
National Writers’ Union
PEN (Professional Editors Network, Twin Cities)
Society for Technical Communication


25 difficult interview questions
Boot camp for LinkedIn
Occupation search (a goldmine)
Resumania! A fun look at hilarious errors on resumes

Copyright/trademark/electronic commerce/CE marking

Copyright basics
Copyright for articles (ASJA)
“Electronic Publishing: Fiction and Fact”
Copyright Clearance Center
Public domain (is a work still in copyright?)
To Register a Copyright
To Register a Trademark or Service Mark
CE Marking


28 Boring Words and What to Use Instead
Acronym Finder
Banished words 2013
Merriam-Webster Home Page
Merriam-Webster Words of the Year: 2010; 2011;2012
OneLook Dictionaries
Online Rhyming Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries British and American terms
Pronounce names
Word of the Day
Word of the year: American Dialect Society: 2010; 2011; 2012
WordNet 3.0 Vocabulary Helper


Six ways copyeditors make your book better
The Copyeditors’ Knowledge Base
Copyediting Listserv
Copyediting because editing matters (incredible site)
How to measure the value of editors???
So you want to be an editor
The price of typos
Wordiness, Wordiness, Wordiness List (very clever)

ESL (bilingual writers’) resources

1-Language (English)
Activities for ESL students
Dave’s ESL Cafe
English as a Second Language Learning Materials: Free and Handy!
Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language
Pronunciation for English words
Purdue OWL
Writing English as a Second Language


25 hilariously misspelled signs
50 office-speak phrases you love to hate
Allnighter fromPHD comics
Anagram creator
Apostrophe Protection Society
Behind the steering wheel and not a grammarian in sight
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest recognizes painfully bad prose
Buzzword Bingo games that you can print out to take to meetings
Chart toppers: Curious physician chart notes
Fake AP Stylebook
Fifteen laughable warning labels
Cute overload
End of the Internet
Fifteen laughable warning labels
Frenetic kinetics
Friends of irony
HaikuTraffic signs
History of the smiley face
History of typography
Ig Nobel prize
Journalism warning labels
LBJ School of Pubic Affairs?
Lost in Translation: Translate interesting phrases among English and other languages
One man memorizes all twelve books of Paradise Lost
Paper is not dead
Parody on writing scientific articles
Plain Language humor
Psychology of color in advertising
Robots invent their own language
The Laryngo-spasms (medical humor)
Science typography
Sun Microsystems CEO tweets his resignation
Teabonics: Creative grammar and spelling
Today I found out
Stretchware (software that reminds you to stretch)
What do technical writers really do?
Dictionary of interjections

Geek links

Crosscheck, a plagiarism screening service
Editorium add-ins for Microsoft® Word
Keyboard shortcuts for Word 2002, 2003, 2007
Medieval tech support


8 punctuation marks that we need
20 most controversial rules in the English language
A decimal point error results in a submarine that is tons too heavy (and you obsess over 5 pounds?)
Alot is better than you at everything
Apostrophe Protection Society
Commas and feelings
Common Errors in English
Daily grammar
Death of the serial comma?
Do you have what it takes to be a Word Police Officer?
Don’t fear the commas!
For whom the bell tolls
Guide to grammar and writing
I won’t hire people who use poor grammar
Most of what you think about grammar is wrong
One space (not two) after end punctuation
Oxford Comma
The enigmatic semicolon by Janet Byron Anderson
(The) Oatmeal How to use an apostrophe
(The) Oatmeal How to use a semicolon
The Punctuation Site (really great)
(The) Oatmeal Misspelling
The Rise of She: What a Shift in Gendered Pronouns Means
This embarrasses you and I
When technical writing was easy
Why marrying a good speller is important
Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period
Writing 101 from writer.com


Academic Earth: Online courses from leading universities
BBC free language courses (the Spanish course is GREAT!)
Coursera: Free online courses from top universities (MOOC)
Khan Academy: 1800 educational videos (science and mathematics, mostly)
Library Science degrees

Online college affordability information
Today I found out
Varsity Tutors: free practice tests on over 120 subjects
World Public Library
YouTube educational channel

Medical/Scientific/Technical writing and editing

Authors’ submission toolkit: A practical guide to getting your research published
Biojob Center
Effective video: New CPR technique
Four things to avoid before translating Word documents
How much does it cost to NOT write a user guide?
Less Text, Please: Contemporary Reading Behaviors and Short Formats
NIH videocasts
Parody on scientific writing style
Public Health Image Library (PHIL)
Quertle: Award-winning relationship-driven biomedical search engine
The Laryngo-spasms (medical humor)

Toolkit for new medical writers

Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective
US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, free training

Other online writing courses

Open Colleges
Australian College of Journalism

Plain Language resources

Tips & Tools for writing more clearly
Examples of Plain Language
FAA course on plain language
Federal Plain Language Guidelines
Federal Plain Language Guidelines, 2011
FDA Plain Language advice
Health care plain language (think: informed consent)
Arguments in favor of Plain Language
Plain language tips: Active voice
Plain Language Network
Plain Figures
Science and Industry quotes (about Plain Language)
Science outreach: plain-language summaries for all research papers
Plain Language humor
Plain English Golden Bull awards


200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes
Bad Powerpoint (as teleprompter)
Dilbert on PowerPoint presentations
How Steve Jobs beat presentation panic

How fast do speakers talk?
Microsoft should donate PowerPoint to the Taliban
Online Stopwatch
Periodic table of visualization methods
PowerPoint humor
Prezi (cloud software alternative to PP)
The beauty of data visualization
Graphic organizers explained and demonstrated


A spreadsheet for the self-published
Consulting Editors Alliance

Readability/document design/translation/plain language/usability

Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in words of four letters or less
And the award for convoluted legalese goes to. . .
Check your writing for SPAM

Health Literacy Online
Less Text, Please: Contemporary Reading Behaviors and Short Formats
Prism Readability Toolkit
US Department of Health and Human Services Usability guidelines for website writing/design and other writing/design

Research/reference sites

Cram (create and share flashcards for learning and study)
Fedstats: Databases
Finding Data on the Internet
How-to Guides (60+) for free
Internet Public Library
Language Corner (Columbia Journalism Review)
Library of Congress
Merck Manual of Medical Information-Home Edition
My Virtual Reference Desk
New York Times Newsroom Navigator
WolframAlpha’s computational knowledge engine (awesome)
World FactBook
Writing Center at the University of North Carolina
150 writing resources to help you write better, faster, and more persuasively

Style manuals

American Chemical Society Style Guide
American Medical Association Manual of Style
American Psychological Association Publication Manual

APA Style Resources
Associated Press Stylebook

Chicago Manual of Style
Citation help for five major style manuals
CSE Scientific Style and Format

Developing a Departmental Style Guide
European Commission Directorate-General for Translation: English Style Guide, 2011
Gregg Reference Manual
Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th edition
Online stylebooks

Professional Editorial Standards of Canada
Searchable Online Style Guides
Transgender style guide
US Government Printing Office Manual of Style
Web Style Guide, 3rd edition
Yahoo Style Guide

Visual Communication

Chartwell: A typeface for creating simple graphs

Writing process/ROI

How much does it cost to NOT write a user guide?
Failure to communicate (poor writing skills threaten employees’ digital success
Four things to avoid before translating a Word document
Banished words
The ultimate guide to writing better than you normally do

Writer’s tools

10 words to cut from your writing
150 resources to help you write better, faster, and more persuasively
Four is the magic number for processing information
Group writing
How to create better infographics
List of great brainstorming tools; use these before you write!
Plagiarism checker
Quote Garden
Recognize bad buzzwords
Scrivener (writing software best used for composing, structuring, and managing long documents)[1] The power of words
Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors

[1] Thanks to Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content for this resource.